A Blessed, and healthy New Year. We have celebrated our God who comes amongst us in the child Jesus, who walks alongside us in our joys and our anguish. In this strength and hope we negotiate the new lock-down with its trauma, fear and isolation. We do all we can to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our community safe from this destructive disease. We look forward to the time when we are free of the disease and can breathe the air of a normal life and freedom.
Meanwhile the government has allowed the churches to remain open for public worship. We will keep our programme of Sunday worship and keeping our Church Covid safe. This requires us to be ever more vigilant keeping everyone safe, washing hands, wearing a face mask and keeping our distance. It means we must not come to church if we display any symptoms of Covid or are vulnerable ourselves and should be isolating. Our worship will also be on-line, and although this alternative is not as adequate as the personal experience, it helps us keep in touch and have a sense of worship and of the sacred.
I am very grateful to our musicians, servers, film crew and readers who are helping to keep our worship alive and beautiful. The worship over the last few months has been of the highest quality. It has allowed us to feel the presence of God amongst us. I for one have been greatly sustained by it in this most difficult of times - thank you.
Though isolated from each other and unable to socialise we do need to keep in touch and care for each other. Please phone, email or write. Do not wait for me to get in touch with you I would love to hear from you. Please remind me if there is anyone who needs my particular attention.
With love and prayers